Liverpool had looked all but out of the race for a Champions League place but Manchester United’s shock home defeat to West Brom, allied with the Reds’ triumph over QPR, has given Brendan Rodger’s charges a glimmer of hope.
Admittedly, they’re still four points adrift of United with only three matches to play but the fact that Liverpool were cut from 25/1 to 8/1 by bet365 last week to end up in the top four suggests they’re back in the running. They will however, in all probability, have to take maximum points from their remaining fixtures and that won’t be easy given that the Reds’ next assignment sees them travel to Stamford Bridge to face newly-crowned champions Chelsea.
Aided by home advantage, Jose Mourinho’s men are Stan James’s 11/10 favourites to potentially end Liverpool’s interest in fourth place, an away success is a 29/10 chance with BetVictor and Ladbrokes post 12/5 against an inconclusive affair.
There’ll undoubtedly be a few punters placing plenty of stock in the fact that the Blues have nothing to play for but they’ll be keen to cling on to their unbeaten home record and their resilience makes it hard to confidently tip a Reds triumph.
Nevertheless, Chelsea haven’t been entirely convincing of late so it’s worth considering a modest flutter on Rodgers’s side to collect a point in West London, where betway price a 1-1 scoreline at 6/1 and a score draw comes in at 15/4 (BetVictor).
Score draw – 15/4 (BetVictor)